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"Good place to work"

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Good growth long term opportinuties. Short term, rough pay and long hours

Cons

see above, short term little pay, long term more pay

Advice to Management

good

Other Employee Reviews for PwC

  1. Helpful (4)

    "If you are an experienced Administrative Professional....STAY AWAY FROM PwC!!!!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. unlimited sick leave; you don't have to use your vacation time
    2. definite perks if you come in at the associate or above level...don't come in as an admin and think you will be able to "work" your way up to associate...The EA manager in my office made this sound like it was virtually impossible to do!

    Cons

    1. IFS staff - especially EAs are treated like children and are carefully monitored by the EA manager

    2. If you are an EA, your work hours are told to you and there is no working from home if the weather is bad or if you have a sick dependent to care for...the "work life balance mantra is a joke for IFS staff.

    3. You have nothing of substance to do...all day you will sit and enter time from arrogant people who you will have to "hassle" to get them to give you their time on a daily basis, there is some travel arrangements to be done for the people you support, and then there's preparing and processing the expense reports...if you ever have time to get to it. Literally, all day, all I did was enter time....

    4. EAs in the WNTS office have to use a formula when submitting their own time -- and get this, you will have to use the client codes off of the individual timesheets of the people you support. It will take you 2-3 hours just to enter your own time....what a waste of time and skills!

    5. Bottom line, don't come to PwC, if you are an experienced/seasoned admin professional -- it is a waste of time!!

    Advice to Management

    Treat the EA staff with more respect.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "You can come in for a long haul - just do it with eyes open"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Advisory Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The typical line on PwC is it's a great place to start, build your credentials for a few years, then move on to greener pastures. It doesn't have to be that way. A long career here can be very rewarding - professionally, intellectually, and financially. But understand what kind of environment you're getting into.

    Some straight talk to describe life at PwC: Hard-working, ever-changing, demanding, and conservative (at times in the extreme). And also intellectually stimulating, team-oriented, flexible, and fun (if you are on a good team, which most are).

    You are working for the best and will be expected to bring your best every day. You need to get yourself noticed, yet do so in a way that is collaborative and team-focused. If you are a lone ranger (in reality or in perception), you will fail. Not everyone is able to bring that "mental balance" between ambition and great teaming to work every day. Ask yourself if you can.

    My PwC cohorts are, collectively, the most intelligent community of people I've ever been around. Every person who sticks here is capable, diligent, and for the most part, more than willing to share their knowledge. The spirit of achievement and top-quality delivery to our clients is really something special.

    Cons

    Did I mention demanding and hard-working? Hours can be off the charts at times. The perpetual challenge has been that Work/Life Balance, while truly regarded as an important initiative, has always only addressed half the equation. You can offer all the time off and schedule flexibility you want, but until you make workloads and expectations more reasonable, you will never be able to achieve the "balance". They have never quite gotten that part. Over several years, I have never been able to take all my vaca time while remaining a top performer - and I am not the workaholic type by nature. It's the way the system is built.

    Did I mention conservative? Understand this is still an accounting/audit firm at heart, no matter how big Advisory becomes. The hoops one needs to jump through - whether to initiate a project, establish a teaming relationship, handle admin tasks, or address personal financial independence requirements - are off the charts. After a few weeks/months, you will "get it", it will become normal, and you'll stop considering it ridiculously burdensome. Or not, in which case this probably isn't the environment for you. This is a "culture of compliance" taken to new heights.

    Final thought: If you perform and progress, compensation can be excellent. Real wealth is possible. BUT - you will max out after a handful of years as a director. Consider that the partnership is basically a sign-in-blood-for-life proposition, and political x 1000 (which certainly isn't for everyone), and you may start face a career crossroads.

    Advice to Management

    1. Make WLB real by addressing the workload end of the equation - especially for directors, whose responsibility loads are insane.

    2. Define a path for long-term compensation growth other than forcing a partner/MD track. Let's get creative. It is restrictive now to the point of driving top performers to seek other opportunities in the market.


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